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Every patient is eager to see what their new dentures (or false teeth) look like, and for good reason. But how can you judge if it's really going to be grand?
Coco Chanel, the world-renowned fashion designer, once said that if you notice a lady's clothes, she's poorly dressed; if you notice the lady instead, she's impeccably dressed. That same philosophy can help prosthodontics wearers to assess for themselves what looks right.
During the wax try-in appointment, when you're "fine-tuning" your replacement teeth, you may be tempted to peer at them while holding them in your hands, or evaluate what you see in the mirror through bifocals. While this "view" will give you an idea of the construction of your new denture, it's not how other people will see it.
Your prosthodontist can create a rugged or delicate, masculine or feminine, assertive or passive, youthful or mature look. Youthfulness can be achieved by a curved smile line, showing the two front teeth more than those on each side, and having a darker translucent edge on those front teeth. False teeth can be brought down where they are more visible and placed further forward to plump out a thin upper lip. If teeth are arranged evenly in a flat line, it makes a person look older.
Any of these qualities can be realized in a new denture, but they won't show while it is in your hand. A good denturist invests time and all his care to make your denture look best, in your mouth, where it belongs. Look at your dentures in the mirror from a conversational distance, while you talk or smile. And if your friends don't notice it, your prosthodontist has done a good job.
A dental implant over-denture connects to cylinder-like configurations (called implants) that have been surgically implanted into the jawbone.
The dental implant denture appears like a traditional prosthesis. However, the part of the denture overlying the dental implants is modified to retain various semi-rigid attachments that receive dental implant extensions projecting above the gum. This arrangement helps keep a denture securely in place while eating, speaking, and during other oral activities, but still allows easy self-removal of the denture for cleaning purposes.
There are two phases to this process. The first is a surgical phase consisting of two stages, and the second is a prosthetic phase (making the implant denture).
As might be expected, exemplary oral hygiene is essential to help prevent the development of disease around dental implant dentures that could cause their failure.
Implants, superstructure, attachments, and the over-denture must be checked and professionally maintained by a licensed dentist on a regular basis. Attachments often need periodic adjustment or replacement due to wear.
While the dental implant over-denture approach is complex and expensive, the value received by an individual usually far exceeds monetary considerations.
Dental implant dentures may last for a lifetime (current reports show many dental implants lasting 20 years) or deteriorate in a few years. Many factors are involved that reduce the life expectancy of dental implants, such as oral hygiene, general health, habits such as smoking, grinding, etc. The superstructure or dental implant extensions may need to be replaced after five years. Depending on the dental implant system used, some parts may need to be replaced annually, or sooner, because of wear or deterioration. These time frames are generalities. The dental profession continues to strive for long-term durability of dental implant dentures.
by Joseph J. Massad, D.D.S.